No, of course I don’t mean it. It’s a satirical line from the Colbert Report, all the more stinging given the number of news reports Colbert references which unquestioningly lift the misleading CNN exit poll data about homophobic Californian ballot measure Proposition 8.
Dan Savage raises some interesting points in the exchange, but I can’t help but wonder whether his flippant comment about older people is part of the problem. If you just sit by and say you’ll outlast your opponents because they’ll simply die off, how surprised will you be (in an aging society) when they last quite a long time indeed?
Obama won his election in part from having reached out into religious and racial communities not historically attuned to a black candidate for high office. The gay community should follow his example, whether or not the California Supreme Court strikes Prop 8 down. Social change is not embedded through legal evolution alone – hearts and minds have to be won. Dan Savage is very funny talking to Stephen Colbert, who identifies many of the issues in play between Mormons and the gay community, but Savage ignores the fact that his argument of ‘you can’t be pro-gay and anti-gay-marriage’ needs to be justified to many people. Just because he can see the automatic logic in that statement doesn’t mean everyone else can, particularly if they have a religion interfering with their judgment.